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CID Weekly: Covid impacting jobs and education, worsening situation in Syria.

Posted on 03 August 2021

Development & Humanitarian News

+ Vaccine roll out dashboard - last 7 days

The above graph shows the rolling 7-day average of COVID vaccine doses administered per 100 people for selected countries.

For more information go to Our World in Data
Also see the new article Tracking Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for more on the disparities in the global vaccine progress.

+ COVID risks millions not returning to schools

Roughly 1.6 billion students and young people were out of school at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are at risk of not returning, reports DEVEX after last week's Global Education Summit.

'The Global Education Summit was supposed to reinforce that message with five years of funding for the Global Partnership for Education.'

Campaigners were quick to dub the $1 billion shortfall a sign that the British government “failed in its duty as co-host.”

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore described pandemic recovery as “a once-in-a-generation moment” to reach out-of-school children and narrow an education gap that COVID-19 laid bare, using tech-enabled remote learning.

+ Syria's brutal civil war not over

COVID, the financial crisis in Lebanon, and recent fierce fighting in the southern province of Daraa, have all contributed to a worsening situation in Syria, reports the New Humanitarian.

After more than 10 years of conflict, for many of the 17.5 million people in Syria, securing basics like food, shelter, and work can be a greater daily challenge than avoiding violence. The World Food Programme says hunger is on the rise, with a record 12.4 million Syrians now food insecure.

+ India's domestic workers lose jobs over COVID

Cleaners are no longer welcome in middle class Indian households, leaving roughly 4 million mostly women without an income, reports the UK Guardian.

"Middle class India has pulled up the drawbridge. In a monumental lifestyle shift, the part-time cleaners, cooks and childminders who used to troop through their homes every day for generations are no longer welcome."

+ 'Gender terrorism epidemic'

In a country where so-called “honour” killings are common practice, the brutality of the killing of a 27 year old woman has forced Pakistan to confront its poor record on gender-based violence, reports the UK Guardian.

In the World Economic Forum’s global gender index, the country is ranked 153 out of 156 countries, just above its Taliban-ravaged neighbour Afghanistan.


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Members Activities & Updates

+ Petition to recognise NUG as legitimate government of Myanmar
A petition set-up by the Myanmar community group Democracy for Myanmar requesting that the House of Representatives urge the Government to recognize the National Unity Government (NUG) as the legitimate government of Myanmar has so far collected over 500,000 signatories.

The Myanmar military coup beginning on the 1st of February 2021 has been reported to have killed over a 1000 people, injured thousands of peaceful protestors, and detained thousands more. The junta has cut internet access, mobile data across the country, and launched airstrikes against villages in areas controlled by armed ethnic organisations. The violence is escalating and people are extremely vulnerable with severely limited resources to carry on.

You can sign the petition here

+ Global Giving Week & World Humanitarian Day (16th - 20th August)

*** Please let us know what you are up to, so we can promote during Global Giving Week! ***

Please contact us to let us know what activities, events of appeals you are running during that time, that you would like us to include in our Global Giving Week (and World Humanitarian Day) promotion.

During the week of 16th - 20th August, CID is planning to run a week-long campaign to promote the critical importance of public donor support and giving, as a driver and enabler of the effective and impactful support for vulnerable communities around the world.

Keep the evening of the 18th August free for an event around the results of the recent survey of the sector. Details to come.

This week also includes World Humanitarian Day (19th August) which will be a key part of our week. It will be an opportunity to honour and thank all those that continue to support and provide life-saving support and protection to communities in need.

+ Farewell to Luke at CID

We are sad to say good-bye to the other half of 'Luke/Campbell', as our wonderful intern-turned-staffer, Luke White is moving on to a new job in Parliament.

Many of you will have interacted with Luke over the last year in particular as he took on the role of Events, Communications and Office Manager. 

Like us, I'm sure you will miss his energy and enthusiasm, and his ability to put on great events and make everyone feel welcome.

He's been a joy to work with, and is loved by all organisations he interacts with, from Victoria University to CID and now parliament get him. 

We'll miss him, but we are all very proud to see him move on to a great new job.

+ Welcome to our new CID Affiliate Members, Plant & Food Research and Ayus!

CID are thrilled to welcome our two new affiliate members to the CID community - Ayus and Plant & Food Research!

Ayus is a non-profit organisation that provides healthcare related services globally. Established in 2019 Auckland New Zealand, with a vision to make medical services Accessible, Accountable, Affordable and Available. Founders of Ayus have a rich experience of more than 20 years in the health sector. Their network of services is backed by a committed team of staff, volunteers, advisors including doctors, and other non-profit organisations such as Perpetual Guardian.

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited is a New Zealand government-owned Crown Research Institute. By finding smarter, greener options today, we’re helping secure the world we want to live in tomorrow. With their partners, they use world-leading science to improve the way they grow, fish, harvest and share food. Every day, they have 1000 people working across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world to help deliver healthy foods from the world’s most sustainable systems. They answer complex biological questions; design innovative products and technologies; and look over the horizon for new ways to grow a smart green future. 

We are very excited about welcoming them to the network, and look forward to further engagement!

+ 2021 CID Photography Contest & Exhibition

We are excited to be doing things a little bit differently for this years CID Photography competition. We have a new category, and will be providing an opportunity to have your photos (along with your organisation) exhibited to the public. 

Along with the three categories from the previous year, we have a new section to celebrate the work of our own colleagues, volunteers and friends here in New Zealand. Organisations will be able to enter under four categories:

  1. Development (amateur photographers)
  2. Humanitarian Aid & Emergency Response/ DRR (amateur photographers)
  3. Staff & Volunteers (can include Aotearoa-based staff) (amateur)
  4. Professional photographers/ Humanitarian & Development - for photographers based in NZ (non-prize category)
More information and to submit see the CID Website. Entries by Mon, 6th September, to allow us time to exhibit them to the public.
The 2021 CID Photography competition is sponsored by Fisher Print Ltd. 

+ Do you want to facilitate a session at the 2021 CID Conference?

The 2021 CID Conference will bring together New Zealand and Pacific international development sectors after a tumultuous year to reflect, and to regroup on a new blueprint for aid and development.

If your organisation is interested in facilitating a session at the CID Annual Conference on 26th October 2021, we would love to hear from you! This opportunity is a chance to present and share collective challenges with representatives from across the sector. Please fill in this form with an outline of your proposed session idea.

Fill in the Expressions of Interest form here. Due 31st August.

+ Registrations now open for Conference 2021!
Early bird registration now open! get your tickets on the CID website.

If you would like to share your organisation's jobs, events, or recent activities, please send an email to with an outline of the activity so it can be added to the next edition of the CID Weekly. 

Pacific News in Brief 

+ RSE scheme back for 3 Pacific countries

Seasonal workers from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu will be allowed into the country without having to go into managed isolation from September, the government says, reports RNZ.

Tonga has had zero Covid-91 cases, Samoa just one, and Vanuatu had four - all cases at the border with no community transmission.

The Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme benefited the Pacific Islands by more than $50 million last year.

Pacific governments remain keen to get as many of their workers into New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, scheme, as possible.

But Unions and economists say fruit and vegetable pickers from the Pacific Islands suffer high costs and poor pay and are often left with almost no money to send home.

There is also pressure to make sure that workers returning to the Pacific bring back transferrable skills that support local communities in the long term.

Useful Links, Webinars & Podcasts

+ CID Talk: Pacific Human Rights Data Recording

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) has recently released its 2021 Rights Tracker scores, measuring countries' human rights performance. The 2021 scores, available at, show that many Pacific countries are leading the world in human rights performance. There remain challenges in making sure all groups of people are able to thrive, and there are some countries that need to make significant human rights progress.

We were joined last week by HRMI team members Anne-Marie Brook, Roi Burnett, and Thalia Kehoe Rowden for a CID Talk to discuss scores for Pacific countries, and upcoming further research on issues important to Pacific communities.

You can watch the recording here

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  • Do you have a consultancy firm and want more connections with NZ NGOs?
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